March 13, 2010

Double-Shot Mocha Chunks (Cookies) with some Chit Chat

Let me start with the Chit chat first: I went missing from this space for quite some time now. Lots of things are happening in life as a result of which not much activity going on in the kitchen. We just bought our first home and the whole process of finding a house, loan approval & closing was extremely stress-inducing (even though my husband being a worrier took care of everything, including the stress, I still had to deal with a little bit of it myself) and time consuming. We are really excited about moving into our OWN home and decorating it to our liking, but we are also a little bit nervous on how everything will turn out.
I have yet to start packing the kitchen (which I’m dreading already) and whole of S#%^@*$ that we accumulated through the years. I’m trying to go through things before packing, so I don’t end up with garbage in the new house; sort of starting our Spring cleaning a little early (FYI.. spring officially begins March 20th.)
We had a small Gruha Pravesam (House blessing/ warming) ceremony with family and friends past weekend. We were lucky to find a Hindu priest who speaks telugu and the whole ceremony went extremely well. I was planning to cook the lunch, but ended up catering from a vegetarian restaurant called Sapthagiri in Jersey City. Everybody loved the food, I should have taken pictures but we were so busy with the guests that by the time I realized we had no pictures of food; most of the food was already gone.

Coming to the next topic of my post: Review of Jewelry & a Thank you.
Few weeks ago Sarah from Lushae Jewelry contacted me and asked me if I can try her jewelry and review it on my blog. I said YES and ordered this beautiful Floral Cocktail ring that matches with Amethyst studs & pendant that my mom bought me years ago. The ring looks absolutely amazing. The different size & slightly different color amethyst stones work extremely well together. I’ve got many complements on the ring already. Thanks Sarah for giving me the opportunity to try your gorgeous jewelry.

Few weeks back when Nupur (@ One hot stove) showed us her cute sleeve that she knitted to hold her plastic bags, I commented on her post that my drawer is also filled with plastic bags and I need to find a solution like her’s. I was so surprised when she offered to knit me a plastic bag holder and within a week I received this beautifully knitted plastic bag holder which is currently holding all my bags and has created ton of space in the drawer. Thank you so much Nupur.. You are the best.

That's my son's hand sneaking in fron the corner to pull out something from the drawer. :-)

Finally coming to the Mocha chocolate chip cookies, recipe courtesy King Arthur flour catalog. They didn’t spread as much as I expected them to (or as much as shown in the picture), but they tasted awesome-very chocolaty with a slight hint of coffee-not too sweet but just perfect. I used ghee for half the butter since I ran out of butter and the cookies had a slightly softer texture than crunchy.


Ingredients:
Unsalted Butter - 1/2 cup (I used 1/4cup butter + 1/4cup desi ghee)
Brown Sugar - 1 cup
Baking powder - 3/4tsp
Espresso powder - 1tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Eggs - 2
Vanilla extract - 2tsp
Dutch-process Cocoa powder - 2/3 cup
White Whole wheat flour or Unbleached All-purpose flour - 1 3/4 cup
Semi sweet chocolate chips - 1 cup
Chocolate chunks - 1 cup (I used a mix of white & dark chocolate)
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350F.Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter (&ghee), sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  • Stir in the cocoa powder, then the flour; the dough will be stiff. Mix in the chocolate chunks & chips.
  • Drop the cookies by tablespoonfuls (about 1.5" balls) onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 1.5" between them.
  • Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow them to cool on the pan.
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20 comments:

  1. Congrats and lot of luck for your first house...Cookies look extremely delectable..Hope you enjoy every single day in your new house..

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  2. Congrats again on the house pavani..cookies look great!

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  3. Congratulations on your new home- I hope you have a fantastic new kitchen there!

    I'm going "aww" at the sight of your son's little hand :)

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  4. Congrats on ur home :) Such a delicious cookies!

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  5. Congrats on the new home Pavani. Such a cute gift ;)

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  6. First of all a hearty congratulations on your OWN home sweet home!!! :)
    I would like to see your pic of that ring and your lovely finger. :)
    I hope everything will be ok. Enjoy and decorate your new home. :)

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  7. Congrats on ur new Home Pavani !! Wishing u a good luck.. Mocha cookies sounds new and looks tasty !!

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  8. Congratulations on the new home Pavani. Good luck with everything. Hope you have completely recovered now.
    That was such a sweet gesture from Nupur. Lovely cookies and Happy Ugadi to you.

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  9. Congrats and best wishes on ur new house. Mocha chunks looks absolutely tempting. Clicks are good.

    Chitchat

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  10. Thank you. Happy Yugadi, what was the ugadi special at the new home?

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  11. Hi Pavani akka..this is rupa (purnima's friend - we came to ur house also). Too much akka ee recipe...I actually tried so many recipes of urs..all successful. All the best and Congrats on ur new house!!! Cheers to Dhruva!!!

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  12. Congrats, warm wishes:)

    Double shot mocha sounds terrific, looks awesome:)

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  13. hey thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I really enjoyed going through yours. great pics n recipes. knitted sleeve for plastic covers sounds like a great idea, but i cant knit to save my life..so im planning to use the really old fashioned braiding technique :)

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  14. Those cookies look dark and chocolatey!

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  15. Hi Pavani, Please grad the award I have shared with u here. My hearty wishes to receive more, Congrats !!

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  16. Sorry, that link is not working, so posting it once again. Award Link

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  17. chocolate and mocha sounds so good together! and congrats!

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  18. congrats ..
    also I have an award for u ..pl collect it from my blog!

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  19. I know what you mean by all the junk over the years we collect. Last month, I cleaned the whole house and got about 4 garbage bag full of kids and our clothes, books, shoes, so much kitchen stuff too and gave them to good will. Unbelievable amount of stuff, mostly unused!!

    Scrumptious cookies. Trisha is coming home (well, we have to drive and get her later today), must make some desserts! :)

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